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Students and leaders come together to celebrate International Women's Day

This year, the Office of Service-Learning celebrated International Women’s Day — Wednesday, March 8 — with the 2nd Annual Sue Shear Fellows Women’s Leadership Roundtable. Missouri women leaders in the areas of policy and community engagement gathered with MU…

We've Moved!

The MU Office of Service-Learning has moved to a new location in McReynolds Hall.

Winter Global Service in Costa Rica

Sarah Wascisin pictured on right When sophomore Sarah Wascisin signed up for the Office of Service Learning’s global service winter break trip to Costa Rica trip, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. She…

Aisha Krishnan reintroduces BeAWARE program @ Centro Latino de Salud

Growing up as an only child, sophomore Aisha Krishnan has spent most of her life around adults. This may be the reason she has always had such a strong desire to spend her career working with kids. Double majoring in…

International Women's Day brings students and leaders together

This year, the Office of Service-Learning decided to take International Women’s Day a few steps beyond celebrating with just a Snapchat filter and a hashtag. On Tuesday, March 8, Missouri leaders and MU students, or ‘young…

Giving Made Simpler through CoMo Gives

The holidays are a popular time for charitable donations. According to Network for Good, 31 percent of all giving in 2014 occurred in December, and 12 percent occurred in the final three days of the year. Online giving typically increases…

Honoring Veterans One Quilt at a Time

Since its founding, the Mid-Missouri Quilts of Valor has presented over 300 quilts. This is made possible by the selfless volunteers who donate to the mission, from purchasing of supplies to cutting and pressing to quilting and stitching. Gail Marcy, owner of Satin Stiches Sewing and Embroidery, donates workspace for the group’s monthly meetings. Service-learning students from MU also provide support to the organization through marketing and fundraising.

Community Partnerships Offer Expanded Learning Opportunities for Douglass High School Students

The MU Office of Service-Learning has partnered with Frederick Douglass High School to place service-learners in important volunteer roles for many years. This semester, 13 MU students are serving Douglass in roles that involve tutoring, classroom assistance, mentoring, counseling assistance…

Passion to Serve, Open Mind Allows Service-Learner to go Above and Beyond for Service Site

Michael Kelly, a junior Health Sciences major, is a service-learning volunteer at The Arbors at Bluff Creek Terrace, a memory care unit that serves Alzheimer’s patients. “All of my employees brag about how wonderful Michael is,” says DJ Johnson, a coordinator at The Arbors. “He truly goes above and beyond. We always have volunteers here, but no one has made the deep impact that he has.”

Christina King Christina King Joins Service-Learning Staff, Offers Extensive Experience in Serving Youth

“I’m glad to be here,” says King. “I have the belief that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there. I think my skill set and background will help me to do a great job of serving the community in this position.”

MU Sustainability Office's Passion for Preservation Leads Campus Initiatives

For Hannah Peterson, service-learning student coordinator at the MU Sustainability Office, preserving the planet has been a priority since elementary school. In first grade, she went on a field trip to a local recycling center and learned about its benefits; namely, as she says, its power as the “gateway to sustainability.” The rest is history.

Facilitating Cultural Exchange Through Language-Learning Mentorships

Literacy Action Corps, a non-profit and solely volunteer-based organization, started more than 50 years ago. Upon the organization’s opening, it worked to improve education by serving American citizens who were either illiterate or displeased with their meager reading and writing skills. Today, the organization offers language tutoring to all non-English speakers in the Columbia community.

SIL and BCCA Merger: Providing a More Independent Life for Populations in Need

When given the opportunity to potentially increase necessary services to a larger need population in mid-Missouri just one year ago, Jessica Macy from the Boone County Council on Aging and Tec Chapman from Services for Independent Living wasted no time…

Faculty, Staff, Community Partners and Students Honored at Service-Learning 25-Year Celebration

On Thursday, April 9 the MU Office of Service-Learning celebrated 25 years of service with a ceremony at Memorial Student Union’s Stotler Lounge. This ceremony honored faculty, staff, community partners and students for the hard work, dedication and encouragement each…

Service-Learning students Celebrating Service

The MU Office of Service-Learning celebrates 25 years of encouraging public service.

Dana Humphrey holding a child in Ghana. Service-Learner Earns MU’s First Peace Corps Prep Award

In December, St. Louis native Dana Humphrey graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from MU. Along with this degree, Humphrey received the Minor in Leadership and Public Service, the Multicultural Certificate and was MU’s first awardee of the Peace Corps Prep Award.

Grotha and fellow volunteer advocate holding signs asking for donations. Mizzou Student Nominated for Best of Columbia Volunteer Award

Joe Grotha, senior service-learning student at MU, has advanced to the final round of Inside Columbia magazine’s Best of Columbia Awards 2015 in the volunteer category.

Service-Learning through Business Administration Flourishes with Dr. Gay Albright

“For business professionals, it’s not what you do but how you do it,” says Dr. Gay Albright, assistant teaching professor and director of International Relations at MU’s Trulaske College of Business. “All professionals communicate and perform similar tasks, but how…

MU Receives 2015 Carnegie Foundation Awards for Curricular Engagement and Community Outreach

In January 2015, MU was awarded two prestigious distinctions from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching– the Curricular Engagement classification and the Community Outreach classification. According to Carnegie, the Curricular Engagement classification is awarded to scholastic institutions that…

CoMo Gives: Building a Stronger and Better Columbia

From addressing the needs of low-income persons to providing for the elderly to taking care of the environment, non-profit organizations in Columbia do many great things to create a better city. However, without the generous support of others, these organizations…

Frederick Douglass High School: Partnering with Students and the Community for a Brighter Tomorrow

For the staff at Frederick Douglass High School, a community partner of the MU Office of Service-Learning, it’s about more than getting students to graduation. It’s about actively engaging students in their education and providing them with the skills necessary…

Partner Against Hunger with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri

One dollar. That’s all that it takes to provide 12.5 meals to those in need this holiday season. With even a small donation, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri can help feed more than 114,000 hungry people every…

Gallup Takes on New Responsibilities as Program Coordinator

Great changes in the community. Great opportunities for students. Great partnerships between program and campus leaders. These are the goals of Cara Gallup, former MU Serves Specialist, as she transitions into her new role as Program Coordinator for…

Represent MU in D.C. as a CLIP Congressional Scholar

For the last three years, MU students like Mitchell Moonier have worked with the Missouri congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., performing public service and receiving academic credit toward graduation as part of the Civil Leaders Internship Program (CLIP)Congressional Scholar program.

Service-Learning POM Helps Student Find Ideal Service Match

During the summer of 2014, St. Louis native Jessica Albright took up an interest in healthier eating and various organic options for such a lifestyle. She was tired of partaking of processed foods that didn’t benefit her body. When Albright,…

Kat Joiner receiving award Area Organization Honors MU Student for Service

Kat Joiner, a senior service-learning student at MU, was awarded the Broken Tool Award for her service to the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) at the organization’s 5th Annual Harvest Hootenanny Fundraiser on Oct. 4.

Area Organization Honors MU Service-Learning Student

Kat Joiner, a senior service-learning student at MU, was awarded the Broken Tool Award for her exemplary service to the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture at the organization’s 5th Annual Harvest Hootenanny Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 4. “I know I…

Service-Learning student sitting with an elderly woman Serving Seniors

Programs focused on providing care to senior citizens of Boone County are a major part of service learning at MU. Boone County Council on Aging and Adult Day Connection are two area programs that care for seniors and involve MU student volunteers.

Group of volunteers in front of a mountain vista Mizzou Alternative Breaks: New Name, Same Life-Altering Experience

Four years ago Theresa Mullineaux’s could not have imagined her senior year would include managing over 840 students in community service endeavors, renaming one of Mizzou’s proudest programs as it doubled in size, or pioneering a sustainable partnership between Mizzou and five other SEC schools focused on leadership through service.

POMs Place Service-Learning Students with Community Organizations

Last year, MU service-learning students provided over 177,000 hours of service to the Columbia community and its surrounding areas. This service met real needs in the community and gave students the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of…

Peace Corps Preparation Program: Your Gateway to the World

Travel the world. Learn to speak another language. Be a part of another culture. Work to improve the lives of others. Meet the president of the United States. These are all things that you could do as a Peace Corps…

An Ideal Match: MU Office of Service-Learning and Dr. Tony Castro

For Tony Castro, teaching was always in the plan. In middle school, Castro was a teaching assistant for a computer science class, where he explained the programming for the computers to the other students. “The teacher saw that I had…